Conflict, Resilience, and Health Program

at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

Global Justice Program

Culture, Resilience, and Health

‘Culture’ is one of the most understudied dimensions of resilience as a pathway to health.  Our program examines resilience across cultures, integrating qualitative and quantitative research to connect the dots between cultural values, socio-political structures, family-level resilience, and individual health outcomes. Projects in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone focus specifically on parenting, mental health, and family-level resilience.   

Ongoing projects:


Panter-Brick C, Grimon, M-P, Kalin, M, Eggerman, M (2014).  Trauma Memories, Mental Health, and Resilience: A Prospective Study of Afghan Youth. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. [Open access].

Panter-Brick C, Grimon, Marie-Pascale, and Eggerman M (2014). Caregiver-child mental health: A prospective study in conflict and refugee settings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 55(4): 313-327.
Omidian PA, and Panter-Brick C (2015).  Dignity under extreme duress: The moral and emotional landscape of local humanitarian workers in the Afghan-Pakistan border areas.  In Abramowitz S and Panter-Brick C (Eds). Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice.  University of Pennsylvania Press.

Rasmussen A, Ventevogel P, Sancilio A, Eggerman M, and Panter-Brick C (2014).  Comparing the validity of the self-reporting questionnaire and the Afghan symptom checklist: Dysphoria, aggression, and gender in transcultural assessment of mental health.  British Journal of Psychiatry 14(206)
 [Open access].

Southwick S, Bonanno GA, Masten AS, Panter-Brick C, Yehuda R (2014).  Resilience definitions, theory, and challenges: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  European Journal of Trauma Psychopathology (special issue Resilience and Trauma) 5:25338.

Eggerman and Panter-Brick C (2014).  Life Feeds on Hope: Family mental health, culture, and resilience. In Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi (Eds.) Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace, University of Texas Press, pp.226-238.

Panter-Brick C and Leckman J (2013). Resilience in Child Development: Interconnected Pathways to Wellbeing. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 54:4, 333-336.

Ventevogel P, Jordans M, Eggerman M, van Mierlo B, Panter-Brick C (2013). Child mental health, psychosocial wellbeing and resilience in Afghanistan: a review and future directions.  In C Fernando and M Ferrari (Eds.) Handbook of Resilience in Children of War.  Springer, pp.51-79.

Hagaman AK, Wagenaar BH, McLean KE, Winskell K, Kaiser BN, and Kohrt BA. (2013). Suicide in rural Haiti: Clinical and community perceptions of prevalence, etiology, and prevention. Social Science & Medicine, 83, 61-9. 
Panter-Brick C, Grimon M, and Eggerman M (2013). Caregiver-child mental health: A prospective study in conflict and refugee settings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 55 (4), pp.313-327.

Ager A, Annan J, Panter-Brick C.  Resilience – From Conceptualization to effective intervention. Policy Brief for Humanitarian and Development Agencies. 

Wagenaar BH, Hagaman AK, Kaiser BN, McLean KE, Kohrt BA. (2012). Depression, suicidal ideation, and associated factors: a cross-sectional study in rural Haiti. BMC Psychiatry, 12:149. 
Panter-Brick C, Goodman A, Tol W, Eggerman M (2011). Mental health and childhood adversities: A longitudinal study in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 50(4):349-363.

Eggerman M and Panter-Brick C (2010). Suffering, hope, and entrapment: Resilience and cultural values in Afghanistan. Social Science & Medicine 71:71-83.

Panter-Brick C, Eggerman M, Gonzalez V, Safdar S (2009). Violence, suffering and mental health: A school-based survey in Afghanistan.  The Lancet 374: 807-16.

Panter-Brick C, Eggerman M, Mojadidi A, McDade T (2008). Social stressors, mental health, and physiological stress in an urban elite of young Afghans in Kabul.  American Journal of Human Biology 20(6):627-641.